For many months now, Windows Phone users have been able to multi-touch zoom into captured photos to 1:1, i.e to see full detail - thankfully. In theory, rendering HD Photo Viewer, which offered the same functionality well over a year ago, somewhat redundant. But the developer has been pushing on, as you can see from the lengthy changelog below, here for v3.4, released in the last few days:
- Removed manual zoom limit settings. Replaced by dynamically determined maximum zoom level based on picture size and device memory
- For extra large photos, added "deep zoom" function. May take a while to load large photos.
- Removed page backgrounds and no longer force dark theme; also removed fade-in fade-out transition. Will add better transition in the next release but at least for now it no longer flashes your eye in the dark.
- Corrected zoom level calculation for 1080p devices.
- Enhanced search by name functionality
- Added app password, only works if your friend does not know anything about windows phone, but since you asked.
- Now give you the option how the screen orientation button behaves.
- Changed some icons. Moved the Play gif icon to the bottom left corner.
- Hide built-in email password once it is set.
- Updated some internal components to the latest.
- Other tweaks, such as the behaviour of the "Crop Image" rectangle.
I took the new version for a quick spin, firstly on the Lumia 1020 with 2GB of RAM:
The other basic editing and sharing functions continue to evolve, as detailed above, we'll return to feature these in another article after the next update. In the meantime, you can buy (or try) HD Photo Viewer here in the Windows Phone Store.